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MOH issued compounds to 516 people who smoked in public vehicles
KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Health (MOH) issued compounds to 516 people who smoked in public vehicles during the OPS Balik Kampong recently.
The smokers were compounded a minimum of RM250 for smoking inside buses, taxis, trains, commuters, LRT, ferries, passenger boats, rented cars, or at public transportation stops.
Compounds were also issued to six public vehicle owners who failed to show the ‘No Smoking’ sign inside their vehicles, or those whose signs did not meet the required specifications.
The total value of compounds that were made during the operation amounted to RM130,500.
Ministry of Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr. Hasan Abdul Rahman said those who failed to pay the compound within the given time frame will be charged in court.
He said those who were found guilty will have to pay the penalty of not more than RM10,000, or imprisonment of not more than two years.
“The Ministry of Health will continue implementing the Control of Tobacco Products 2004 regulations periodically in efforts protect the society from second-hand smoke,” Dr. Hasan said.
He also advised those who wish to quit smoking to seek help from health clinics or government hospitals.
“I hope Malaysians will move together towards a smoke- free nation,” he said.
During the five-day operation of OPS Balik Kampong, a total of 1,641 public vehicles and 335 public transportation stops across the country were examined.